Second Marriage Registry ideas

Have you ever wondered what is the proper etiquette for wedding gifts and creating a wedding registry when one — or both — of the intended has already been married at least once before?  One bride I know, about to embark on her first and her groom’s second marriage, really wanted to register for some fine china that she had always loved.  But she was concerned that guests would find it rather excessive of her to ask for china when her soon-to-be husband already has multiple sets from his first marriage.

At Poladora, we think that just sounds ridiculous!  First of all, although someone might have been married before, they haven’t been married to this person before and their lives together will be totally different. Secondly, anyone getting married for the first time, deserves to get what he or she might want, not the leftover shards of their intended’s first fine china….no matter how fine it might have been.
To create that new and unique coupling where the ghosts of prior relationships might linger, look to the consolidated wedding registries offered by Poladora and its network of local Chicago retailers.  You want your own fabulous cookware?  Look no further than the MacKenzie- Childs Picadilly Au Gratin Dish  offered by Crossell & Co for $74 at . Or better yet, perhaps you want the perfect roasting pan?  Then better check out the Chicago Metallic Large Roaster with Handles and Rack for $29.95 available at through Northwestern Cutlery.  Everyone should have their own cookware!
And if you have enough of the typical wedding registry stuff, why not think about something experiential.  At ask your wedding guests to help you start your own personal wine cellar.  You could register for multiple gift certificates to the Wine Discount Center so that the newlyweds could have libation with their gourmet meals; Or maybe think about giving two massages from Urban Oasis at $65 each so your favorite couple can enjoy his and hers massages some time before or after their wedding.  Or, for $150, purchase a one hour Couple Yoga Class from any of Yogaview’s three locations — who wouldn’t want to stretch and relax after going through the stress of getting married a second time?
Whatever your interests, don’t let a prior marriage keep you from enjoying the process of getting married and starting your lives together.  Register for what you want, when you want it at and enjoy your new life together.

Meet our partner – Provenance Food and Wine

Provenance Food and Wine prides itself in know the “provenance” of the foods and wines they carry in their store to the point where they have developed great relationships with the local food artisans and growers.  Each item is selected by the owners whose pursuit of quality goods is uncompromising and yes, a little bit obsessive!

This is a great place to go if you are recreational foodie or a full time gourmet!

And they have some perfect items for your wedding registry!

Fill your new home with the beginning of a cellar with 2 cases of wines which you can drink now or age for future date

Fill your pantry with all sorts of small-production, handmade goodies.

Or simply get their gift card and shop for your date night in dinner needs.

Wine glasses – the basics

I was amazed by all the choices available with regards to wine glasses.

First of all there seems to be a specific glass for every wine variety out there.  Different shapes and sizes will emphasize tannins and flavors differently, they will direct the wine to a different location of your tongue etc.

Now I suspect that many of you are not interested in having 20 different types of glasses just to be able to create a slight improvement to your wine experience.  If that is the case I suggest starting off with the following: either go with just a generic tulip or 1 glass for red, 1 for white, and maybe a champagne flute.

Here are some thoughts on selecting the glasses as I learned from the website 2BASnob &

Glass type: Thin and clear is the way to go.

Red wines need a wide bowl and a wide opening.

White wines narrow bowl and opening.


Also if you are looking into getting to know more I suggest visiting the Wine Discount Center and they will be more than happy to help you with your wine glasses.  Note you can also use the Wine Discount Center gift card to purchase wine glasses

Fun Large-ticket items that you can now include your wedding registry and actually get!

Traditionally, couples were advised to establish a wedding gift registry in order to furnish the home they would be sharing together. The presumption being that prior to marriage, young people either weren’t living on their own or investing much in their surroundings. But today, it is more likely that newlyweds will have lived on their own for quite a while before their wedding and thus have accumulated many of the items that used to comprise the bulk of wedding registries.

Does that mean wedding registries are becoming obsolete?

Absolutely not! It can still be fun – and useful — to register for a wedding because now you can use your gift credits to purchase some big ticket items that used to be out of reach for the newlywed. If you live in Chicago, you might already know about Poladora, a consolidated network of Chicago- based stores that allows you to aggregate credits for gifts you received and use them at any member stores represented on the website. Why not register for a dining room table? The Self Storing Leaf Extension Dining Table from Sawbridge Studios for $2,455? This table will make a great setting for many fabulous meals to be shared with friends.

And while we’re on the subject, it will be important to have something to serve those friends on that dining room table. A Wine Cellar Starter kit from Provenance at $625 is a perfect way to insure your company has a lively time. With two cases of wine to help fill your bar your home will offer a warm welcome to all.

And when you host that dinner party, think about registering at for for vintage sliver plate
hotel flatware from P.O.S.H. At $96 for a 6 piece place setting, Poladora’s flexible credits will allow any happy couple to make sure they can purchase enough place settings to host a dinner party for many of their friends.

Don’t forget, it’s important to look good while doing all that entertaining. That’s why registering for
lighting is such a nice option in gift registries. Why not register for the fabulous-looking Her Majesty
Floor Lamp from MacKenzie-Childs $1200 available at through Crosell & Co.